Friday, February 2, 2018

Fact Friday/ Review: Heroes of Black History by the Editors of Time for Kids

Heroes of Black History: biographies of four great Americans by the Editors of Time for Kids. America Handbooks, a TIME for Kids series. 192 p. Liberty Street/ Time Inc. Books, December, 2017. 9781683300120. (Review from finished copy courtesy of publicist.)

There's no denying that Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks and Barack Obama are Civil Rights champions. This collective biography highlights the life and work of each well-known figure. This attractively designed volume features an introduction by Civil Rights activist Charlayne Hunter-Gault and a helpful time-line of black history in America before introducing each subject chronologically. 

The large font size, abundance of white space and plentiful photos and illustrations are pleasing. The photos are well-captioned. Text boxes add context and points of interest. The information is presented in an engaging manner, making it a solid resource for report writers. Each section ends with a timeline of the subject's life. Thumbnail biographies of additional Civil Rights figures begin the backmatter with a glossary and index that follow. Point your teachers to these links for additional information: curriculum guide and fast facts sheets. 

This volume belongs in most collections, especially if older biographies of the subjects are in tatters. That said, I am hoping that future collective biographies of Civil Rights heroes feature some lesser known but equally courageous individuals whose work should also be acknowledged. 

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